The Shippensburg University softball team completed a successful weekend in the Snowbird Softball Freeze Out, winning three out of its four games.
The weekend began with the Raiders (4-4) defeating Le Moyne College, 8–3, on Friday afternoon. Senior Taryn Wilson began what would be a fantastic weekend for her on the mound by grinding through a complete game.
She allowed one earned run, walked eight and struck out 10. Wilson received support from her bats, specifically sophomore Courtney Coy.
The Raiders, after falling behind 2–1, took the lead with a two-run double by Coy.
Coy finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. SU added some insurance runs in the fifth and seventh frames to cap off its first win of the weekend.
The team next took on Felician University, grabbing a convincing 11–1 victory behind another good performance at the plate from Coy. Coy had two hits and two RBIs in the win, and freshman Morgan DeFeo went 3-for-4 and scored three runs.
The Raiders held the lead throughout, but exploded for four runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to secure the win.
In their four-run seventh inning, sophomore Alyssa McKean hit a pinch-hit two-run single for the Raiders. It was her first hit and RBIs as a Raider.
SU looked to continue its hot hitting into Saturday, but had to deal with a seven-hour rain delay that pushed its game against Southern New Hampshire University back to Saturday night.
The Raiders looked as if they would not be bothered by the rain delay, totaling three hits in the opening inning, including an RBI-double by Coy.
However, the team was only able to muster two other hits the rest of the game. Southern New Hampshire’s Maddy Barone tossed a complete game against the Raiders, striking out eight hitters.
SU successfully wrapped up the weekend with a 6–1 win over Georgian Court on Sunday morning. Georgian Court, which was undefeated heading into the game against the Raiders, presented Shippensburg’s biggest test of the young season.
Coy led the way again for the Raiders, continuing her special weekend with a three-hit game, including one home run and four RBIs. The home run was the first of her collegiate career.
Wilson completed her weekend with a stellar performance, striking out 13 batters while tossing yet another complete game.
Sunday’s game marked the second time this season and the 10th time in her career that she has finished a game with 10 or more strikeouts. The senior currently owns a 2–2 record with a 2.53 ERA, and she has tossed complete games in three of her four starts.
The Raiders’ top performers at the dish over the weekend were Coy (.692 batting average, six extra-base hits, six runs scored, one home run and nine RBIs) and junior Meghan Klee (.583 batting average, six RBIs and three runs scored).
SU finished the weekend hitting .342 as a team, outscoring the opposition 26-12.
Shippensburg has two weeks off before next taking on Alderson Broaddus University in a Saturday afternoon double-header on March 2 in West Virginia.